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Mentoring Day Gives Eighth-Graders a Taste of Professional Life

Friday, March 16, 2018

8th Grade Mentoring Day

Each year, Manhattan Country School eighth-graders have the opportunity to learn about a career of interest as part of Eighth-Grade Mentoring Day. On March 9, the year’s eighth-graders visited members of the MCS community to observe them at work.

The following mentors, representing MCS alumni, current parents, board members and friends of the community, participated in this year’s event:

  • Marika Hughes ’85, professional cellist
  • Marcin Sawicki (current parent and MCS trustee), programmer and developer at Jane Street Capital
  • Vanessa Potkin (current parent), senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project
  • Maida Galvez (current parent), pediatrician and associate professor of environmental medicine and public health and pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Cappy Collins (MCS friend), doctor, Mount Sinai Center for Advanced Medicine
  • Brian Abell (current parent and former MCS trustee), architect at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
  • David Hein (current parent), playwright, songwriter and actor
  • Gabe Miller ’71, copy chief at Sports Illustrated (Students will visit Gabe on April 4.)

When the eighth-graders returned from their Mentoring Day outings, they were asked to share their thoughts about their experience. Here’s a sampling of what they had offer:

William A., Morgan C., Jonas B. and Violet K. spent the morning at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with David Hein, co-writer of the Broadway musical “Come From Away.” “I learned about acting, behind the scenes, how hard it is and how much precision it takes,” shared Violet.

Sydney J., Roxy S., Brianna H., Ruby S. and Ariana W. spent time with doctors Maida Galvez and Cappy Collins, who specialize in environmental health. “I learned that everyone can ‘be a doctor’,” said Ruby. “Everyone contributes to society’s health, whether it’s a doctor or an MTA bus driver.”

Stella A. met with architect Brian Abell. Stella hoped to learn about the field of architecture, particularly the design aspect of it. While with Brian, she learned about the steps of modelling and making buildings. Her advice to future Eighth-Grade Mentoring Day participants?: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

We are grateful to everyone who played a part in making this year’s Eighth-Grade Mentoring Day a success. Those in the MCS community who are interested in hosting students for the 2019 Eighth-Grade Mentoring Day should contact Akemi Kochiyama at akochiyama@manhattancountryschool.org.